The 2018 Percy Hedley Ball – Spellbound!

340 guests enjoyed a spellbinding evening at our 2018 Ball

The Percy Hedley Ball 2018!

Another brilliant Annual Ball!

Photo's now in! 340 guests enjoyed a spellbinding evening at our 2018 Ball, with over £77,000 raised to support disabled people across the North East! Were you there? Get tagging…

Posted by Percy Hedley Foundation on Thursday, November 22, 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have bagged £4,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme!

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £60 million to over 18,000 local community projects.

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the shoppers who voted for us in Tesco, we are absolutely delighted to have been awarded £4000.

This grant will go towards buying and fitting a specialist wheelchair accessible roundabout for outdoor play.

“The wheelchair accessible roundabout will enable young people with very complex needs to experience being on a roundabout which they will have not been able to access before. This will provide a new sensory experience and will support the development of each child’s individual communication skills. But most importantly it will be fun!”

Claire Ramsey, Deputy Head at Northern Counties School.


Alec Brown, Tesco’s Head of Community, said:

“Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers. It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.”

Voting ran in stores throughout July and August with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the checkout.


Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them. The diversity of projects that are being funded shows that local communities have a passion to create something great in their area. We are pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to help local communities thrive.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

New Forest School at Northern Counties opens!

We are pleased to announce that our new Forest School opened last week, 19th September at our Northern Counties school in Jesmond, Newcastle.

Our Forest School has been possible due to a grant of £15,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. This was part of the MCF awards in 2017 where we were delighted to win a share of £3 million.

The outdoor space will provide a unique learning environment which will enable children to develop their self-confidence, language and physical skills and help relieve stress and anxiety.

Huge thanks are due to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous donation, funds from The Mel Weir Charitable Trust towards this project and a huge thanks to everybody who voted for us last year!

We were lucky enough to also have support from local landscape designer Brad Docherty from One Landscapes who worked on the project as well as Cowell’s Garden Centre.

Helping with digging and planting were teams of volunteers from Virgin Money and CDC Wealth Management Ltd, a Chartered Financial Planning firm- weeding and the planting over 200 plants!

Thanks again to everybody involved, this Forest school will be enjoyed by our students for years to come!



We are honoured to have been chosen by the TUI Newcastle Base as the new TUI Care Foundation charity partner for the next 18 months!

They will be having on board collections of foreign coins and selling scratch cards on all their Newcastle inbound flights, with 33% of all the money raised going to support the Percy Hedley Foundation.

We launched the partnership with a cake sale and raffle in their Crew Room at Newcastle Airport and our Community Fundraising & Events Manager, Maria Hallett,  spent a brilliant day helping out and learning all about their work.

We are delighted with this new partnership, thanks to everyone at TUI Newcastle!

Volunteers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers to come and cheer on our #TeamPercyHedley runners at the Great North Run.

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in Europe and is famous for its amazing atmosphere and crowd! This year we have around 100 runners taking on this challenge and are aiming to raise over £25,000  from the event to support  disabled children and adults. Our runners have put in months of training and hard work fundraising so we think they deserve the biggest cheers out there on the course!

What you’ll be doing

  • As a Cheer Point Volunteer you will be cheering on our runners and boosting morale along the course by showing your support.
  • We will send you a full brief before the day, as well as providing you with a Percy Hedley Foundation t-shirt and cheer materials to make sure you’re all set to cheer your heart out in support of our amazing runners!


The event is on 9th September and we would require you to volunteer from approx 9am – 2pm. We are looking for volunteers to cheer at two areas:

  • Newcastle Cheer Point:  Help our runners get off to the best start by cheering them on at start of the race as they set off
  • South Shields Cheer Point: Near the end of the race, to cheer the runners on their final stretch.

Or if you can set up a Cheering Point at any other place on along the run then we’d also love to hear from you.

If you’re interested please contact our Fundraising Team on 0191 212 7878 or email